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Basal cell cancer begins in the lowest layer of the epidermis, the basal cell layer. About 8 out of 10 skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas. They usually begin on areas exposed to the sun, such as the head and neck. Basal cell carcinoma was once found mostly in middle-aged or older people. But now it is also being seen in younger people. This may be because people are spending more time in the sun without protecting their skin.

Basal cell carcinoma tends to grow slowly. It is very rare for a basal cell cancer to spread to distant parts of the body (metastasize). But if it is not treated, it can grow into nearby areas and spread into the bone or other tissues beneath the skin.

After treatment, basal cell carcinoma can come back (recur) in the same place on the skin. New basal cell cancers can also start in other places on the skin. As many as half of the people who have one basal cell cancer will get a new skin cancer within 5 years.
Ascend Biopharmaceuticals provides update on clinical trial program for lead immunotherapy products

Ascend Biopharmaceuticals provides update on clinical trial program for lead immunotherapy products

Ascend Biopharmaceuticals, a Melbourne-based immunotherapy company, has released an update on the clinical trial pipeline for its lead immunotherapy products treating basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and breast cancer. [More]
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation lamps used for indoor tanning increases risk of developing BCC

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation lamps used for indoor tanning increases risk of developing BCC

Dartmouth researchers have found that early exposure to the ultraviolet radiation lamps used for indoor tanning is related to an increased risk of developing basal cell carcinomas (BCC) at a young age. [More]
EU-funded project aims to identify potential new targets for cancer therapy

EU-funded project aims to identify potential new targets for cancer therapy

Targeted therapies have revolutionised the treatment of cancer since they were first introduced. Amongst the first medications approved in Europe, was the breast cancer drug Herceptin, which was approved in 2000. Then, the drug Glivec, was initially introduced to treat a certain form of leukaemia, and approved in 2001. Targeted therapies specifically inhibit molecules within so-called signalling pathways that usually control cell growth, death and differentiation. If they are altered, for example falsely inactivated or activated, the cells may start growing in an uncontrolled manner. [More]
Novartis LDE225 Phase II study for advanced basal cell carcinoma meets primary endpoint

Novartis LDE225 Phase II study for advanced basal cell carcinoma meets primary endpoint

Novartis announced today the results of a pivotal Phase II trial demonstrating that patients with locally advanced (laBCC) or metastatic basal cell carcinoma (mBCC) taking the investigational oral compound LDE225 (sonidegib) had marked and sustained tumor shrinkage after a median follow-up of 13.9 months. [More]
Study to investigate use of OCT in collaboration with Melanoma Institute of Australia

Study to investigate use of OCT in collaboration with Melanoma Institute of Australia

Michelson Diagnostics, the UK based medical device company focused on multi-beam Optical Coherence Tomography ('OCT') technology, has commenced a clinical study to investigate the use of OCT to diagnose basal cell carcinoma in collaboration with the Melanoma Institute of Australia using Michelson's Diagnostics VivoSight system. [More]
Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday: Mount Sinai experts to share vital skin cancer tips

Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday: Mount Sinai experts to share vital skin cancer tips

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans developing it over the course of their lives. It's also one of the most preventable types of cancers. In recognition of May's Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday on May 5th, Mount Sinai Health System experts are arming the public with vital tips on prevention and offering FREE skin cancer screenings. [More]
Curis and Debiopharm present data for Debio 0932 at Annual Meeting of AACR

Curis and Debiopharm present data for Debio 0932 at Annual Meeting of AACR

Curis, Inc., an oncology focused company developing novel, targeted drug candidates for the treatment of human cancers, and Debiopharm Group™ (Debiopharm), a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies with a focus on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs, including oncology as well as companion diagnostics, today announced presentation of data for Debio 0932 at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) that demonstrated synergy between Debio 0932 and various standard of care (SOC) agents in multiple in vitro and xenograft models of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and renal cell carcinoma (RCC). [More]
Ascend Biopharmaceuticals reports favourable results from TG1042 Phase 2 study for CBCL treatment

Ascend Biopharmaceuticals reports favourable results from TG1042 Phase 2 study for CBCL treatment

Ascend Biopharmaceuticals, a Melbourne-based immunotherapy company, has today announced the publication of a report utilising TG1042 (ASN-002) for the treatment of Cutaneous B-Cell Lymphoma (CBCL), in the journal PLOS ONE. [More]
Study provides extensive review of incidence, risk factors and characteristics of skin cancer in people of color

Study provides extensive review of incidence, risk factors and characteristics of skin cancer in people of color

While people of color have a lower risk of developing skin cancer than Caucasians, they are not immune to the disease. In fact, skin cancer is often diagnosed at a more advanced stage in people of color, which can make it more difficult to treat. [More]
Veterans with exposure to Agent Orange may be at higher risk for skin cancer

Veterans with exposure to Agent Orange may be at higher risk for skin cancer

Vietnam War veterans with prior exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange may be at higher risk for certain types of skin cancer, suggests a report in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
GSK receives FDA approval for combination of Mekinist with Tafinlar for treatment of melanoma

GSK receives FDA approval for combination of Mekinist with Tafinlar for treatment of melanoma

GlaxoSmithKline plc announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Mekinist® (trametinib) for use in combination with Tafinlar® (dabrafenib) for the treatment of patients with unresectable melanoma (melanoma that cannot be removed by surgery) or metastatic melanoma (melanoma which has spread to other parts of the body) with BRAF V600E or V600K mutations. [More]

Blaze Bioscience to initiate first Phase 1 clinical study of BLZ-100 in patients with skin tumors

Blaze Bioscience, Inc. and its subsidiary, Blaze Bioscience Australia Pty Ltd, today announced the initiation of the first Phase 1 clinical study of the first Tumor Paint product candidate, BLZ-100. The study, titled "A Phase I Dose Escalation/Expansion Study of BLZ-100 Administered by Intravenous Injection in Adult Subjects with Skin Cancer," will enroll up to 30 patients with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or amelanotic melanoma. [More]
Celgene subsidiary presents REVLIMID study results on lymphoma at ASH annual meeting

Celgene subsidiary presents REVLIMID study results on lymphoma at ASH annual meeting

Celgene International Sàrl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) today announced that results from two studies of REVLIMID (lenalidomide) combinations in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) were presented at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting in New Orleans, La. [More]
Vismodegib drug does not offer added benefits for patients with BCC

Vismodegib drug does not offer added benefits for patients with BCC

The drug vismodegib (trade name: Erivedge) is approved for the treatment of patients with two forms of basal cell carcinoma: symptomatic metastatic BCC and locally advanced BCC inappropriate for surgery or radiotherapy. [More]
Online skin cancer detection training course improves physicians skill levels

Online skin cancer detection training course improves physicians skill levels

Primary care physicians who took an online training course about skin cancer detection significantly improved their skill to properly diagnose and manage benign and malignant lesions, according to a national study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. [More]
Skin cancer drug shows periocular promise

Skin cancer drug shows periocular promise

Early research suggests that patients with periocular basal cell carcinoma may benefit from treatment with a drug targeting the Hedgehog signaling pathway. [More]
Research: Sunscreen provides 100% protection against skin cancer

Research: Sunscreen provides 100% protection against skin cancer

Next time your kids complain about putting on sunscreen, tell them this: Sunscreen shields a superhero gene that protects them from getting cancer. [More]
New prototype technique improves diagnosis of cancer tissue during operation

New prototype technique improves diagnosis of cancer tissue during operation

Tissue-conserving cancer surgery is a highly skilled procedure which involves time-consuming tissue preparation to detect the margins of cancerous tissue. The goal is to remove as much of the tumour as possible while sparing healthy tissue. [More]
Bioactive compounds in coffee may prevent prostate cancer recurrence, delay progression

Bioactive compounds in coffee may prevent prostate cancer recurrence, delay progression

Coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer recurrence and progression, according to a new study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists that is online ahead of print in Cancer Causes & Control. [More]
Celgene to discontinue treatment with REVLIMID in phase III ORIGIN trial

Celgene to discontinue treatment with REVLIMID in phase III ORIGIN trial

Celgene Corporation today announced that after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Celgene will discontinue treatment with REVLIMID (lenalidomide) in the open-label, phase III ORIGIN trial, which enrolled 450 patients in over 100 sites in 26 countries. [More]